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Twitter Reactions: NZ bowlers fightback as SA decide not to enforce follow-on

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn. (Photo Source: Cricket South Africa)

 

Resuming from their overnight score of 28/3, Williamson and Nicholls tried to recover the Kiwis from the early slump. Nicholls tried to hang on for some time before he was trapped in front of the stumps by Rabada for 36(67).

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On the other hand, Williamson continued his golden run with the bat as he made a scintillating 77 runs. However, he hardly found support as wickets kept tumbling from the other end. The Kiwis were bundled with 214 runs on the board.

The South African bowlers were perfect in their stride and their exertion of pressure led to wickets at regular intervals. Steyn and Rabada were the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets apiece. Philander got a couple as well while Piedt got one.

In spite of a 267-run lead, the Proteans decided not to enforce the follow-on. Indeed the batsmen came out to set Kiwis a huge target. However, the visitors had other plans. Leaving De Kock, none of the batsmen in the top 5 even crossed double figures.

De Kock went to score his second fifty in this Test and it came at the right time for the hosts. He got out soon as South Africa were 105/6 at stumps. Bavuma was not out on the crease with 25 runs. Day 3 saw some really exciting cricket. While SA might still have an upper hand, the Kiwis have shown some fightback to keep the game alive.

Also read – SA v NZ 2nd Test, Day 3 Review: Wickets fall in clusters as South Africa extends lead

Twitter kept everyone entertained with some splendid tweets. Williamson’s knock was again marvelled as he stepped up again for the Kiwis. De Kock also earned a lot of admirers for scoring 2 fifties in the game. The rest of the South African batsmen got trolled for messing up in the second innings.

Here are some of the Twitter reactions that took place during the course of the game.

https://twitter.com/holdingwilley/status/770266403098157058

https://twitter.com/jimmyneesh/status/770190396857081856

https://twitter.com/thriller_addict/status/77018443631913369

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